10 Jan '18, 5pm

Soldier who found fame executing Nazis died his own mysterious death: John C. Woods became…

Soldier who found fame executing Nazis died his own mysterious death: John C. Woods became…

WICHITA, Kan. (Tribune News Service) — John C. Woods developed a career of executing people, badly. The soldier was thrust into the world’s spotlight at the end of World War II as the hangman for 10 Nazi war criminals. Several of them died not from broken necks — as would be expected with hangings — but from a slow, excruciating strangulation. Nazi Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel was reported to have taken 28 minutes to die. Woods bragged about the hangings. His face was plastered on newspapers, magazines and news reels. It has been nearly seven decades since Woods experienced his own bizarre death. He is now the focus of a book scheduled to come out within the next few months. “I don’t look at him as an evil guy but as a guy who had to do something for which he volunteered to do,” said retired U.S. Army Col. French MacLean, the author of “American Hangman.” “I don’t think he...

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